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April Update

Posted : April 30th, 2012


I am sure the start of the 2012 flat season will long be remembered for the incredible amount of rainfall throughout the UK and it has certainly led to a few race plans changing here and there! However, we have had six winners this month, including a notable success in the mud at Epsom!

Goldoni was a game winner of a nursery at Glorious Goodwood last year and went on to finish 4th in Listed company, but he has clearly improved over the winter and after a narrow defeat in handicap company on his reappearance, he again showed a tenacious attitude on his first start in heavy ground to win the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom under David Probert. Though he has been gelded and is therefore ineligible for the Derby itself, I feel he is a high-class horse in the making and the Lingfield Derby Trial and the King Edward VII at the Royal Meeting are both possible targets for him now.

It has been a good start to the season for Goldoni’s owners Mick and Janice Mariscotti, who have also seen Topanga Canyon carry their colours to victory this month, winning over 1m1f on his seasonal reappearance. He is the type to progress further in the coming months.

Minimise Risk is another who could go for a Derby Trial next after winning what looked a hot Newbury maiden on his seasonal reappearance. He had finished a good second on his only previous run last year at Doncaster in a race that worked out very well and though he was ultimately pushed all the way to the line by the runner-up at Newbury, he had travelled particularly well and was entitled to get a little tired in the soft ground. A half-brother to the dual Group 2 winning-stayer Darasim, he is a very exciting prospect.

Another impressive maiden winner was Natasha Rostova, who defied greenness to make a winning debut in a four-runner event at Wolverhampton. A half-sister to My Aunt Fanny and Kingsholm, I am hopeful that she can develop into a useful filly this season.

Black Cadillac was a 5f winner at Bath on his second start last season and was an impressive winner at Kempton on his third start this time around, travelling and quickening well. He went down by just a nose on his only subsequent start and remains on a mark off which he can be very competitive.

Expense Claim had improved with each of three starts in maidens last season and he showed he has maintained that progress over the winter by winning easily on his reappearance, upped in trip to 1m3f at Kempton Park. He has been allotted a fair handicap mark and he is a potentially high-class handicapper in the making.